Well, that was certainly worth all the buildup, right? I’ll have more to say about this over on the Page 2 index page this morning (you can find it here), but for now I’ll quote a reaction I saw on the Chris Creamer board: “That logo is so bad, I think we need to give the whole state back to the Indians, steal it back, and start fresh.” Amen, brother.
My annual NFL season-preview column is also up today — look here.
Chat Reminder: I’ll be doing a live web chat today at 3pm eastern. To participate, go here.
If the suit fits…: We all know NFL coaches wear Reebok gear on the field, except for the occasional game when Mike Nolan or Jack Del Rio wears a suit. But did you know NFL coaches are also given free clothing to wear off the field? It’s true: Take a minute to read this and this (both of which were sent my way by reader Tom Turner).
As you can see, those articles refer to “the NFL Coaches Club,” a term I’d never heard of before. So I checked with an NFL contact, who responded thusly: “The Coaches Club has been around since early 1990s…. It allows us to use coaches collectively in marketing. For example, the coaches are in the monthly NFL Shop catalogs, etc. They also work with other sponsors.”
As you may also have noticed, the articles state that the Coaches Club “includes 31 of the 32 NFL coaches.” The lone holdout? Guess. I suppose he wouldn’t have much use for a Joseph Abboud suit anyway.
Uni Watch News Ticker: My camera’s been on the fritz, so I hadn’t been able to take pics of an amazing item I scored during last month’s Binghamton road trip: I scored this for $3.99 at the Salvation Army. It’s really big, and at first I thought it was a tablecloth. But as soon as I saw this tag, I knew it was part of this bedroom set from the old Sears catalog. Check out all the old logos and helmet icons from back in the day — nice. Also, they used a sort of default mustard tone for any colors close to yellow, and which created some new color combos — look at the Steelers logo at the top of this shot, e.g., and I really like this Packers treatment. Not sure what I’m gonna do with this, but maaaaaaaybe I’ll raffle it off later in the fall. For now I’m happy just knowing that it’s sitting over there in the living room. … Sarah Palin was presented with a Penguins jersey the other day (with thanks to Ryan Connelly). … Matt Powers recently attended some Cape Cod League ballgames and made some observations. Among them: The Orleans Cardinals have a cleat sponsor, Ringor, and have the option to wear one of three styles provided, as seen here, here, and here. Base coaches wore flapless helmets, just like in the pros. Also: “The Cape League all-stars played an exhibition game against the U.S. Military all-star team this year,” writes Matt. “If you thought San Diego and the White Sox were over the top with their camouflage uniforms, take a look at this.” … Rare shot here of Cal Ripken Jr. in the O’s futuristic jersey from 1999. … This is pretty fascinating. … College officiating note from Doug Steffenson, who writes: “Just spoke with a Big Ten football referee friend and discussed changes to their uniforms for 2008. Apparently, there’s a new sleeve patch (possibly on the left side) with initials of some sort or another. I couldn’t find any photos during a quick search of the web. From my meeting today, I understand that the patch is a part of a plan to move officials away from their conference affiliation and more towards a national organization.” I haven’t found any photos of this either, but maybe someone else has..? … Here’s something every team should sell: Russian nesting dolls! (Great find by Chris Bisbee.) … Here’s a shot of Darrell Evans wearing the Tigers’ road uni with a home helmet (good spot by Jason Taylor). … The Orlando Magic’s home page features an animation based on their jersey history (with thanks to Benjamin Mayberry). … Oh. My. Fucking. God. (let’s just nominate Eric Borer for sainthood and get it over with). … Awesome video clip here of high school football players “earning” their helmet decals. Even better, the decals are devil horns (with thanks to Steve Johnston). … Brian Erni notes that Lastings Milledge was wearing Austin Kearns’s wristband last night, and that the Pedro porthole is spreading. … What the hell is that logo on Chase Utley’s undershirt sleeve? … This could never happen in America. I hope. … Eric Buzard recently took a tour of Rexall Place in Edmonton, where he learned an interesting tidbit about the Oilers’ 1984-85 championship banner: “The team wanted to raise the division/conference championship banners immediately, but the company supplying them didn’t have any ‘5’s to put on the banner. So, they turned a 2 upside-down so that the banners could be raised in time. When the Oilers recently decided to replace the banners, they opted to use upside-down 2s for the 1984-85 banners, just like on the originals!” There’s a video about the banners here. … “Branding I can get behind,” says Minna H., and I heartily agree. … Why get a Uni Watch membership card based on the UGA helmet when you can have a VW Bug based on the same concept? It’s even got its own web site (which you can see here; all this courtesy of Brent Hardman). … Here’s a doozy: A high school football team has agreed to wear its road jersey at home, just so their opponent can showcase their flashy new Nike home jerseys on ESPN. Both teams wear Nike, but the road team has a special Nike contract — hence the switcheroo. And remember, this is high school. Outrageous details here (courtesy of Mike Edgerly).